Is income inequality a better determinant of smoking than deprivation?

Kerrigan, Laura (2007) Is income inequality a better determinant of smoking than deprivation? BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    In recent years the level of income inequality in developed countries has increased quite dramatically. Therefore there has been heightened interest in income equality and the effects it has on a population. Links with health have been made in recent years, and thus this has led to the investigation of this relationship. This study investigates the links between income inequality and health via statistical regression models in the statistical software package SPSS. Income inequality will be compared to deprivation to decipher which is the greater determinant of health related behaviours. Measures of absolute and relative income inequality will be used in the form of the mean income, the Gini coefficient and the difference between the mean and the median. These were run against smoking patterns, as the determinants of health. The data within the study will be extracted from Neighbourhood Statistics (part of the Office of National Statistics), the Health Development Agency and the CASweb archive. The regression analyses findings will be examined and related to Wilkinson's theory of income inequality for theoretical underpinning.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Department of Geography
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:14

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